FRENCH, GOBELINS, TAPESTRY OF 'FEBRUARY', FROM THE SERIES OF 'LES MOIS LUCAS', BY MICHEL SOUET AND JEAN DE LA FRAYE, AFTER DESIGNS BY LUCAS VAN LEYDEN LATE 17TH CENTURY
Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD
PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTOR
FRENCH, GOBELINS, TAPESTRY OF 'FEBRUARY', FROM THE SERIES OF 'LES MOIS LUCAS', BY MICHEL SOUET AND JEAN DE LA FRAYE, AFTER DESIGNS BY LUCAS VAN LEYDEN
LATE 17TH CENTURY
10ft. 3in. by 9ft. 6in.
310 cm. by 290 cm.
The tapestry is slightly more golden in background areas than in catalogue image. Lined with Velcro. Beautiful colors of the whole palette. Restorations throughout, particularly in cream colored areas such as background and fireplace. Some small losses, minor splits and open warps. Beautiful quality and ready to hang.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Sixth Earl of Rosebery, Mentmore Towers, Sotheby's, London, 20 May 1977, lot 815
Sotheby's, New York, 2 March 1984, lot 352
Dario Boccara, Paris
Edith Standen, European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. I, 1985, p. 333
Maurice Fenaille, État general des tapisseries de la manufacture des Gobelins - Periode de Louis XIV, vol. II, 1923, p. 347, pp. 365-70
The original series of Les Mois Lucas or the Lucas Months, were woven in Brussels in 1535 and were owned by Louis XIV. They were subsequently burned for their gold and silver thread in 1797. The first Gobelins set of the series was made for Colbert and appears in the royal inventory of 1685. The Months were woven at the Gobelins with a variety of border types. Sets were produced for Baron Spaar, Swedish Ambassador to France in 1717, for Princess Conti, and for the King of Poland, among others.
This panel, along with panels of December, June and July, hung in the South entrance of Mentmore Towers in Aylesbury, England. Representing 'February' and also called "the Game', the weaving incorporates members of the nobility playing cards and backgammon.